It was a joyous and grace-filled weekend in the Diocese of New Jersey! On Sunday, October 13, about 600 people gathered at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton from all over the diocese and beyond to honor Bishop George and Ruth Councell for their ministry over the past ten years. Prior to the service, a jazz ensemble regaled the crowd. The celebration of the Eucharist was glorious. Stunning music, personally chosen by Bishop Councell, was offered by a joint choir of the Cathedral and Trinity Church, Princeton as well as a brass ensemble.
|Bishop George and Ruth Councell - photos by Dot Cellini|
Fellow Bishops from Province II, The Right Reverend Mark Beckwith of Newark, the Right Reverend Andy Dietsche of New York, The Right Reverend Larry Provenzano of Long Island and The Right Reverend Skip Adams of Central New York participated in the service. The Right Reverend Prince Singh of Rochester, who had a visitation in his diocese, joined us for a reception and dinner later in the day. Beautiful art work by Ruth Councell was hung in Synod Hall. So many worked hard and did a tremendous job in making it all happen in a wonderful way. Thanks to The Very Reverend Rene John, The Rev. Canon Linda Moeller, The Rev. Art Powell and The Diocesan Standing Liturgical Commission, staff and members of Trinity Cathedral and The Transition Committee.
|St. Paul's - Camden, NJ photo by Susan Stokes|
|With Dean Rene John and Chairperson Chuck Perfater|
On Monday, October 14, about 130 golfers participated in the 9th Annual Trinity Cathedral Community Day Golf Tournament. It was a perfect fall day! To kick things off, there was a 10 AM celebration of the Eucharist not far from the first tee. I celebrated and Bishop Councell preached. He reminded the golfers that in playing golf, unlike other sports, there is time to think and reflect. “Don’t make it a ‘good walk spoiled,’ he said, referring to Mark Twain’s famous line about golf. “Think about God and the kingdom as you play, think about serving the kingdom like Samuel Shereschewsky…”
Samuel Isaac Joseph Shereschewsky, whose feast day was the day of the golf tournament, was sent by the Episcopal Church as a missionary to China. In 1877, he was elected Bishop of Shanghai. According to James Kieffer and Satucket.com, “He developed Parkinson's disease, was largely paralyzed, resigned his position as Bishop of Shanghai, and spent the rest of his life completing his Wenli Bible, the last 2000 pages of which he typed with the one finger that he could still move. Four years before his death in 1906, he said: ‘I have sat in this chair for over twenty years. It seemed very hard at first. But God knew best. He kept me for the work for which I am best fitted.’” (See http://satucket.com/lectionary/SIJSchereschewski.htm).
drove around the course in the morning, watching some of the players and taking pictures with some of the teams. At 4 PM there was a reception and dinner at which prizes were awarded in various categories. The prized Bishop’s Cup was awarded to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Perth Amboy which fielded the team with the best net low score of the day. Many thanks to Dean Rene John, Chuck Perfater, Chair of the event and to his Committee for putting on a great event!